What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We stand out because kids learn in a warm nurturing environment where mistakes are encouraged because they are encouraged to be innovative on the court. We use basketball to teach kids to find success not only in sports but in life. Poor grades = no court time.
Poor behavior = no court time.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
We welcome boys and girls ages 5 -14.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started DMB because after watching our 6 year old go through a few programs I realized most coaches don't really develop kids or teach the game properly. Kids come away unprepared for the next level. Having been a high school coach I know what they really need to work on to be ready for anything
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most is when a child "gets it" when the light comes on and they clearly understand their own abilities and how to apply them. I love hearing kids laugh plus I spend my time teaching the best game in the world, basketball, to great kids.
Staff Size: 15+ people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: The ice rink
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Q&A with the Marketing Manager
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Watts is the North Shore’s premier outdoor refrigerated ice rink open from late November through early March. During the off-season, a variety of recreation programs are held in the center’s two program rooms and outside at Watts Park. Each day, Glencoe Park District staffers serve residents of all ages at Watts Center, many of whom have been enjoying facility for generations.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Long before Watts Center was constructed and the outdoor artificial ice rinks were installed, Glencoe residents still enjoyed outdoor ice skating during the winter months. In the 1950s and 1960s, the park district flooded a natural ice rink in the park near Central School at Park and Greenwood. Today, the professional-grade refrigerated rinks at Watts Center offer a smooth skating surface during the winter months.
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Take the kids along too — this course is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
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